New York, NY: Enduring cold temperatures and post snowstorm sidewalks, 100+ guests came out for the 4th Annual Wine Tasting event benefiting Independence Residences, Inc. (IRI) a not-for-profit human services agency committed to supporting the highest quality of life for children and adults with developmental disabilities, visual and other impairments, by providing innovative residential and community support services.
The event was held in the intricate neo-Renaissance Prince George Ballroom located in the historic Madison Square North neighborhood of Manhattan. The golden silk walls, the herringbone oak floor, the grand marble mantelpiece and heavily ornamented ceiling elicited awe from the guests.
The 4th Annual Wine Tasting fundraiser honored two guests, George L. Andreozzi of TD Bank and Kathy Broderick of The New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. Both guests have been most proactive concerning the needs and challenges facing those with developmental disabilities and other impairments. Many guests commented they felt honored to be in the presence of two persons who have contributed so much time and effort to those whose voices are rarely heard.
The opportunity taste and enjoy wines while supporting a charitable cause is always popular. Wines were provided by Sokolin, one of the most trusted wine merchants of fine and rare vintages in business since 1934. The seven (7) tables were set-up with multiple wines from around the globe including selections from Italy, France, New Zealand, Washington State, California, Spain, Argentina, Oregon and Austria.
April 24, New York, NY: On a beautiful cool spring evening, guests entered #5 Times Square, the Ernst & Young building in the heart of Times Square (the building with the annual ball drop) ascended by elevator to a beautiful reception, the annual fund-raiser for the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation.
With the sparkling lights of Broadway below guests gathered to enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres prior to heading down to see Billy Elliott, The Musical. The highlight of the pre-theater gathering, a live auction conducted by Ms. Robin Wright of Sotheby’s Auction House presenting a East Hampton Vacation Rental Residence graciously provided by Eisner Design and VacationHomesforCharity.org (the philanthropy of The Society).
Bidding was spirited with the winning bidder, a guest from Los Angeles who desired to try out the beaches of the Atlantic. Also in attendance was The Society’s own Nancy Progar, coordinator for VacationHomesforCharity.com. Nancy literally went from LaGuardia Airport to the event.
“The event was a major success” according to Nancy Progar adding “to be honest, the Yankee Tickets were a hot item, however, the East Hampton home captured the attendee’s attention as a truly unique auction item.”
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